Maruti to Discontinue S-Cross 1.6 DDiS; 1.3 to Continue [Exclusive]

Owing to poor sales, Maruti plans to discontinue S-Cross 1.6 from the market…

It is kind of an irony but yes, that is what we are upto at the moment! Maruti showcased the S-Cross in India at the 2014 Auto Expo. Essentially a crossover version of the now discontinued SX4 sedan, the vehicle was the the first product in India to feature Fiat’s long-awaited 1.6 litre Multijet engine. Maruti opened a new range of outlets called Nexa to sell the premium crossover along with a big workforce.

To compensate for all the additional overheads, they priced S-Cross at a premium which a lot of prospect customers rejected! What followed was a ‘failure’ considering Maruti’s sales standards. S-Cross has been doing around 2000-2500 units for the last few months and though we do not have a break-up, it appears that the 1.6L version is not getting any kind of traction, despite offers and a massive price cut few weeks back.

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In an exclusive update, our sources reveal that the company is now planning to discontinue S-Cross 1.6 DDiS version due to poor sales. The engine is imported into India, thereby making it a pretty costly component and they may have estimated higher volumes for economies of scale.

Maruti Price cut S-Cross
Here is the price cut comparison…

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The four pot 1,598 cc mill churns out 118 bhp of maximum power at 3,750 rpm and 320 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm. Mated to this is a six speed manual transmission. Current prices range from Rs 10.23 lakhs till Rs 12.03 lakhs (both ex-showroom, Delhi). It is not known when will the official announcement come – possibly when Maruti exhausts its current quota of units already imported. The S-Cross 1.3 litre DDiS, however, will continue to be on sale.

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